Creme de la Creme

O joy! The gospel of Fage Total Greek Yogurt is spreading ever further throughout the land, particularly after a very swanky ad in New York Magazine. Here in the UK, I spied it in this month's Red, named as a fabulous alternative to mealy, over-processed diet yogurts.

Hopefully this will mean more 2% in the shops so I'll no longer have to wrestle old ladies for the last tub. I admit it, I'm hopelessly addicted. But Greek yogurt just makes life worth so much brighter. Well, creamier.

You see I once was a fool for sour cream. One of my favourite foods used to be this white trash French onion dip – in which you mix a packet of dried French onion soup with a tub of sour cream. I used to eat a whole tub of that on my own, with a whole box of Jatz crackers. Sitting home alone wondering what would become of me. Those were the days.

But my waistline has enjoyed some respite since Argy put me on to Total. It works the same magic on that dip (which I now prefer to share with friends) without the artery-clogging properties. It's also a dream dolloped onto a bean burrito or into a bowl of chili or pumpkin soup.

And it works just as well with sweet things. Like on Sunday when Gareth insisted he didn't want a birthday cake as he wanted to stay svelte for all his sporty activities. But I said, what's a birthday without FLAMES?

So I got some meringue nests from M&S (just 50 cals each, rah!) and spooned in some yogurt then chucked on some chunks of kiwi, strawberries and fresh pineapple on top and flooded lightly drizzled with raspberry sauce.

(Tangent – how good are fresh pineapples!? It's been years since I bought one. It was on sale for £1 and bloody beautiful)

Then I just stabbed the meringue with some candles. Flaming miniature birthday pavlova! The picture is a bit dodgy because I was in a hurry – waxy yogurt is not tasty. And yes, apparently Gareth turned four years old.

Candle

Anyway, I can't help thinking of that old Seinfeld episode in which the gang get hooked on the yogurt from a non-fat frozen yogurt shop. Suddenly they're all stacking on the weight, so they send a sample off for some scientific tests and it turns out – gasp – the non-fat yogurt isn't non-fat at all!

I know Fage Total Greek has been around for eighty years but there's still part of me that's very paranoid and pessimistic. That's the part that believes if something seems too good to be true then it usually is, that there's no way I could enjoy something so indulgent without terrible repercussions, that all good things must come to end, that every rose has its thorn, etcetera etcetera. So I'm half-expecting that one gloomy day I'll open the paper to the shocking headline TOTAL 2% ACTUALLY TOTALLY LARDY!

Yogurt

But then there's the positive thinking me that trusts in a good Nutritional Information panel. Pass the tub.

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32 thoughts on “Creme de la Creme

  1. Hey there!
    One of those lurkers again, this time from Berlin, Germany. I have not yet been able to locate your fabulous yogurt, but am still hoping to find it here somewhere. Sounds gorgeous, just like you! 😉

  2. BERLIN!!! Oooh how cool. Hello Lassie! I was briefly in Berlin in 2004, I’d love to go again sometime.

  3. Hey there shauna babes and a BIG HAPPY (belated) BIRTHDAY to Gareth. He’s looking good for a 4 year old!! I loved the idea of the birthday cake. I may need to nick it for my beloved’s birthday in October. He’ll have a 4 in his age too (he’ll also have a 2 after it!) Anyway, where in this god forsaken land can I find this lovely sounding yogurt? I’ve scanned the shelves of Morrisons at the Gyle and teeny Tescos in Rosyth. Do I perhaps need to venture out into the big bad world of Sainsburys or Waitrose?

  4. Cool and huge and noisy, too. 😉 What was it? About 5 million people live in Scotland and currently 3.4 million in Berlin alone? Make sure you let me know when you go next time – my very own Scottish companion and I have an IKEA sofa bed which is known to behave nicely towards visitors, even though admittedly located in a tiny flat. If that doesn’t tempt you, my husband loves showing people around. 🙂

  5. Haha! You’re too funny! I am a TOTAL Seinfeld nerd – love that episode and thought about it last night – a new fat free organic frozen yogurt shop opened up down the street!

    Anyhoo, I’m a crazed Fage consumer too and luckily, the 2% is easy to find around here. I love it with fresh fruit, a generous drizzle of honey, and a few walnuts or almonds…. OH HEAVEN!

    Your birthday concoction on the fly looks positively gourmet! Applause!

  6. I’ve lurked here forever, but just had to come out of the shadows to proclaim my own love for Fage Yogurt! I live in New York State (not the fun part—the part with the Great Lakes)…and lately, it is flying off of the shelves because the word is out. It is wonderful! And I’m stealing your meringue recipe—thanks for sharing.

  7. Where do you find this yogurt? Is it with all the other yogurts? Or is it found in the specialty dairy section, or deli? I will keep my eyes peeled for it, but I might be looking in the wrong places.

  8. Cheers everyone! 🙂

    Lassie – Thanks v. much for the offer 🙂 You’ve got a Scottish fella too? COOL!

    Moira baby – Tesco only seem to have the 0%, but the Wee ASDA in the Dunny has 0%, 2% and original in 500g tubs. The Big ASDA has it too, plus the yummo little one with the honey included!

    Here’s a link for UK stockists!

    Loretta – I found it at Trader Joes while I was in Chicago in amongst all the other yogurts. But from what I hear it’s in health food kind of shops, some supermarkets… can anyone confirm sightings?

  9. also incredible with any kind of berries, cashews/other nuts of your choice and a bit of granola. it’s like a healthy sort of sundae that you can eat for breakfast! i put sweetener on it myself (not good for me i know but i do it anyhow).

  10. Mmmm, onion soup dip… crackers… dammit, now I have a craving. I hate diet blogs when they get all confessional about the naughty foods of the bad old days!

    No, really, you’re right, DG, Fage yogurt is fabulous stuff. I must admit to stealing, ah, appropriating the cultures to make my own yogurt. I got a recipe from an Indian cookbook and I can’t believe how easy it is. My yogurt doesn’t quite have the exxxxtreme creaminess of Fage, but it’s awfully fresh and tasty just the same. I eat the yogurt with everything: honey, jam, cereal, Indian food, Mexican food, even sometimes (OK, freak alert) a small dollop of Marmite. It’s just that good.

  11. Mmmm, onion soup dip… crackers… dammit, now I have a craving. I hate diet blogs when they get all confessional about the naughty foods of the bad old days!

    No, really, you’re right, DG, Fage yogurt is fabulous stuff. I must admit to stealing, ah, appropriating the cultures to make my own yogurt. I got a recipe from an Indian cookbook and I can’t believe how easy it is. My yogurt doesn’t quite have the exxxxtreme creaminess of Fage, but it’s awfully fresh and tasty just the same. I eat the yogurt with everything: honey, jam, cereal, Indian food, Mexican food, even sometimes (OK, freak alert) a small dollop of Marmite. It’s just that good.

  12. Too funny! I was actually having my afternoon snack of Fage 2% with honey! It comes with its own little honey compartment on the side of the container. *love*

    I’m definitely going to try your little birthday concoction. You’re quite the little chef these days, no?

  13. I love the 0% Fage … it tastes just as “real” to me. But then, I’ll eat anything.

    -Jonathan

    P.S. I wonder if you could add PB2 …. hmmm…. peanut butter yogurt!

    PPS. How does one pronounce “Fage” (given the vast variety of accents amongst us)?

  14. So, what do you do with the circle of parchment that sits on top of the Fage? My dad is such a Total addict (pun intended) that he shoves it in his mouth and sucks all the yogurt off it, so as not to waste any. I squeeze it off into the tub, I’m not quite as crazy as my dad. Yet.

  15. Gareth must be chock-full of other qualities (besides having excellent taste in women) – HE KNOCKS BACK A BIRTHDAY CAKE??? Actually you’re lucky – my DH loves cake and I love making them and eating the mix LOL
    Mmmmm pineapple…..come on summer!

  16. Ooooooookaaaaaaaay – at my work they order a cake for anyone who has their birthday; with my birthday being in April next year, I’m ALREADY thinking about which one I want to have bought! REFUSING one? Out of the question! Sporty activities or not! 😀

    And mmmmm… slices of pineapple, strawberries and downunder humans

    Oh… I see, you meant kiwiFRUIT.

    😛

  17. I haven’t had the 2% but my favourite thing when I was doing slimming world was a tub of 0% mixed into a punnet of fresh raspberries or blackberries. Yum!

  18. I have a Trader Joes nearby, and was told just last night that I needed to go there to get some freeze dried apple crisps, so now I have 2 reasons to go!

    I haven’t been in a few months, and wasn’t looking for either of those things….and I am excited to maybe replace sour cream with this….I tried yogurt in place of sour cream before, but it was big box retail yogurt and I found it appalling in most dishes.

  19. OMG, I loooooove sour-cream-and-onion-soup dip! I don’t think I’ve had that for 20 years or so. Maybe next cheat day…

  20. I found Fage at my local mega-mart in the organic foods section. (Is it actually organic?) I bought the regular and the 2% and they’re both tasty. I’ve had it with nectarines and raspberries, on a Greek pita with chicken and veggies, on a blueberry muffin, and in Mexican tortilla soup. Fantastically versatile stuff. My sour cream lovin’ days are numbered.

  21. Mmm, Fage yogurt is the best! I get mine at Trader Joe’s, that’s the only place I’ve seen it in the US so far. Their own brand of Greek yogurt is also insanely good, but it’s the full fat version so it has more calories. So Fage it is 🙂

  22. I found this link to an Adobe PDF file containing the nutritional info on Fage Total 2% Yogurt:
    link to fageusa.com

    It might help clarify the issues to note that one cup (8 oz) has a total of 150 calories of which 40 are from fat, compared to just a little more than a tablespoon and a half of my favorite local soured cream for an equivalent amount of fat… I guess I’d opt for the Fage yogurt, too, if it was available here in the wilds of Maine.

  23. Mmmmm Fage! Don’t know what I’d do without it 3 days a week… Probably eat more eggs but who doesn’t like a little variety once in a while 😉

  24. Did you get your pineapple in Somerfield? I spotted one today, also for £1, thought of you and nabbed it! Shame I didn’t get any meringues or yoghurt to go with it! It was delicious, though!

  25. I wish we could get Fage here. The ONLY yoghurt available here without either sugar or tons and tons of artificial sweetener is one called Yogs “Sirve para Cocinar” (for cooking!) and comes in full-fat only. I eat it daily (it´s only around 150 cals for a small tub). I miss Fage, but another good substitute, since we´re talking about all things creamy is Quark. It´s marketed as ´German soft cheese´ in Britain but actually tastes more like sour cream, except milder. It has 0 fat, as the variety sold in Britain is made from cultured skimmed milk and you need to whip in some skimmed milk to thin it down and create a creamy texture. It´s wonderful with honey as dessert, or mixed with fresh herbs on steamed new potatoes, which is the traditional German way to eat it. The Germans also have half-fat and full-fat versions which are less diet friendly.

  26. Psssttt, Wil. I live in Maine, too. You can get Fage at Hannaford’s. Check the organic dairy section (where they keep the soy milk and whatnot).

    I like it, but not any more than I like Brown Cow. Stonyfield will do in a pinch, too.

  27. As i was reading your post i couldn’t help smiling because it’s just adorable how you write so passionately about the Fage :)) The frenzy has spread even to Luxembourg, but i noticed we only get the normal one, the 0% and the 5% one so i usually pick the lighter one. Have you tried their Tsatsiki too?? Oh it is sooooo yummy, can’t remember the nutritional values for it though! Anyway, just to tell you that i am a fan too, and sometimes, like you, i doubt that certain diet-products can be so good (there must be some hidden calories in it?!?!) xxx